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US earmarks $150 million for Agriculture and Nutrition activities in Uganda, says Deputy Director USAID Mission

The United States Government has earmarked $150 million to support Uganda’s agriculture and nutrition activities in the next five years.  Deputy Director USAID Mission John Mark said, US is making a major contribution towards improving food security in Uganda through President Obama’s Feed the Future (FTF) initiative.

Deputy Director USAID Mission John Mark presenting

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Senegalese Delegation visits MUARIK

A team of researchers, extension service providers and Directors in different Universities in Senegal visited Makerere University Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) and expressed satisfaction over the research work taking place promising possible collaboration to enhance knowledge generation and agricultural productivity in Africa.

The 25 man delegation was led by Deputy Chief of Party USAID/ERA, Dr. Demba Farba Mbaye and received by CAES Principal, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa at the Continuing Agricultural Education Centre (CAEC) in Kabanyolo on April 23,2012.

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CAES acquires a modern state-of- the art Biotechnology laboratory

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) on April 18 ,2012 acquired a  modern state – of – the- art biotechnology laboratory funded by the  Millennium Sciences Initiative(MSI) , a grant from World Bank to Government of Uganda.

The   250 million shillings building is one of the activities to create cereal research centers under the initiative called Cereals Improvement project. The core objective is to produce cereals that are drought resistant and high yielding.

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Makerere breeds sweet sorghum variety for food and Bio fuel production

Farmers in Uganda will soon have a sweet sorghum variety that is high yielding with short maturity period and sweet stalks for the production of food and molasses for brewing waragi. Researchers at the Makerere University College of Agricultural and environmental sciences embarked on this project in 2011 with the aim of addressing the problem of food security and diversifying farmer’s income.

The breeding of resistant varieties is part of the effort by the university to mitigate the impact of climate change and enhance crop production for value added use so that farmers change from food security crops to income generation.

 

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CAES celebrates Kabanyolo Day

Makerere University  College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences  has celebrated  the Grand Annual Kabanyolo Day with a call on the public and all stake holders  to invest in Agriculture as a major source of livelihood  for improved food security and economic gains.

The function was organized by the third year agriculture students with the aim of bringing professionals together to share professional experience and contribute jointly to the development of Uganda.

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IMO – Organic Piggery Technology for improved yields at minimum costs: No smell, no noise, no treatment

Prospective farmers both in urban and rural areas will have no excuse of not harvesting money from piggery under the pretext of noise, bad odour and cost of feeding. Organic piggery, a cost effective arming system using Indigenous Micro Organisms(IMO) is the way to go.

The innovation was introduced by South Korean Professor Hong Yo Lee in 2011 at Makerere University Research Institute Kabanyolo under the theme “Mindset Change in Uganda”. Prof.  Hong Yo Lee gave students the project of Organic piggery which they have tested and proved efficient.

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The “Feed Lot” –New technology to increase beef production in Uganda

For a long time industrial and agro processing residues have never been optimally used. Many times the breweries have been struggling to dispose brewers spent grain, a by product of beer production. Crop residues like the maize stovers are always burnt and cleared off after harvesting, while sugarcane factories have been grappling how to dispose off molasses, a byproduct from sugar.

Researchers at Makerere University are now converting these waste materials into high quality feeds for livestock dubbed the “Feedlot technology.” In 2011, researchers at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences embarked on research involving the use of industrial and crop residues in feeding animals to boost beef production in the country. The major feeds used in this program are the Maize bran, molasses, brewers spent grain from Luzira and Jinja, Maize stovers and mineral sources locally available.

Animals feeding

Read more: The “Feed Lot” –New technology to increase beef production in Uganda

The “Feed Lot” –New technology to increase beef production in Uganda

For a long time industrial and agro processing residues have never been optimally used. Many times the breweries have been struggling to dispose brewers spent grain, a by product of beer production. Crop residues like the maize stovers are always burnt and cleared off after harvesting, while sugarcane factories have been grappling how to dispose off molasses, a byproduct from sugar.

Researchers at Makerere University are now converting these waste materials into high quality feeds for livestock dubbed the “Feedlot technology.” In 2011, researchers at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences embarked on research involving the use of industrial and crop residues in feeding animals to boost beef production in the country. The major feeds used in this program are the Maize bran, molasses, brewers spent grain from Luzira and Jinja, Maize stovers and mineral sources locally available.

Animals feeding

Read more: The “Feed Lot” –New technology to increase beef production in Uganda

Animal scientists call for a policy to protect Range lands

Animal scientist at Makerere University College of agricultural and Environmental Sciences are advocating for a rangeland management policy to protect and guide the use of rangelands.

 According to Dr. Denis Mpairwe, unlike the olden days when rangelands were inhabitable and solely used for livestock, social and economic factors have seen many of rangelands depleted and occupied for settlement and other economic gains.

 “Most livestock in the country that is goats sheep cattle are concentrated in the range land and cover 43% of the country and in Uganda the livestock contributes 17% of the GDP.  That is why we need a policy for it because it is   where we get milk, beef hides and skins and life animals for sale.” Dr. Mpairwe said.

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CAES Holds the First Student Exhibition

Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has held the first students exhibition . The three day exhibition that ran

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